After recovering from her own journey of addiction and mental health challenges, Cristina Scarpellini decided to turn her experience into a means for helping others by supporting and helping victims of human trafficking, as well as individuals who are active sex workers or who want to leave the industry, and at-risk youth. Cristina sought a diploma in mental health and addictions and is currently a Canadian Certified Addictions Counselor and is now registered with the CACCF (Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation). She is trained in suicide intervention and prevention, mental health first aid, ADAT assessment, tobacco cessation, gambling, concurrent disorder, twelve core components of mental health and addiction and sensitivity training pertaining to sex trafficking. Cristina has extensive training in human trafficking and she has acquired additional training pertaining to sex work.
In November 2015, Cristina founded Angels Of Hope (AOH), a registered incorporated charity, which works with people subject to human trafficking, sex trade workers, those who wish to exit the sex trade, and families and loved ones who have been affected directly and/or indirectly by human trafficking, sex trade and at-risk youth. AOH provides support modalities that can assist people in recovering from their current and/or past experiences in human trafficking and/or sex trade industries.
In a recent press release, Lauri Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock noted that Sudbury is the hub for Northern Ontario and there are many intersections of highways which provide a place for girls to be moved from community to community, being even more separated from their families. There is a proposed legislation call for a day of awareness on human trafficking, but this does not create support modalities for people who have experienced this unfortunate turn of events. Charities like Cristina’s can help people become aware of the current trends in human trafficking and sex trade industries, as well as help those affected by supporting their recovery process.
“Cristina is an inspiring woman who has taken her experience and turned it into a way to help others along their journey to recovery, a task that is challenging in itself. Cristina is quite courageous to take this on, and BPW Sudbury recognizes her efforts”, Carol Stahl, President of BPW Greater Sudbury stated.
BPW awards monthly recognition to women within the community who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and are committed to supporting our community to prosper and thrive.
If you are interested in nominating an outstanding woman for our BPW Greater Sudbury Business Awards Gala, please visit www.bpwgreatersudbury.com for more info. Nominations are being accepted until March 31, 2017.
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